To maintain the cooperative nature of Arctic relations, governance structures—like the Arctic Council—must be properly supported.
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The Arctic is a region of cooperation. Entities like the Arctic Council, the Arctic Coast Guard Forum, and the Inuit Circumpolar Council, and agreements like the International Agreement to Prevent Unregulated High Seas Fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean are essential to maintaining cooperation between the Arctic nations, and non-Arctic nations, in the face of global geopolitical trends. The Polar Institute analyzes the effectiveness of current governance structures, and researches ways to help improve these existing structures.
Report Release | Policy and Action on Plastic Pollution in the Arctic Ocean
The Wilson Center's Polar Institute and Harvard Kennedy School's Arctic Initiative, in coordination with the Icelandic Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, released a report on combating plastic pollution in the Arctic Ocean.
Report Release | Implementing Marine Management in the Arctic
The Wilson Center’s Polar Institute and the Russian International Affairs Council released a report on managing human activities in the Arctic Ocean.
Ambassador David Balton
Executive Director, Arctic Executive Steering Committee, Office of Science & Technology Policy, White House; former Senior Fellow, Polar Institute, Wilson Center
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As the Arctic opens, the nations and peoples of the region are struggling to keep pace with the dizzying rate of change. At the international level, we are seeking ways to strengthen Arctic governance, particularly of increasing human activities in the Arctic Ocean.
Dr. Michael Sfraga
Chair & Distinguished Fellow, Polar Institute // Chair, US Arctic Research Commission
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Once considered remote and isolated, the Arctic region is now part of the global political, social, economic, security, and geopolitical landscape—this reality requires research and policy analysis now more than ever.
Global Fellow, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States & Global Fellow, Polar Institute
Global Fellow, Polar Institute
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COVID-19 does not stay out from the Arctic. The more resilient we are, the quicker will we tackle it.
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